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Home slated for destruction Photo: Reuters
Home slated for destruction Photo: Reuters
Scene of first attack Photo:AFP
Scene of first attack Photo:AFP

Barak orders destruction of Jerusalem terrorists' homes

Central Command chief instructed to raze homes of east Jerusalem residents who plowed into pedestrians with bulldozers in two separate attacks in capital. Families have week to appeal decision

Efrat Weiss
Published: 12.04.08, 23:33 / Israel News

Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed Central Command Chief Major-General Gadi Shamni on Thursday to demolish the east Jerusalem homes of the terrorists who plowed into pedestrians with bulldozers in two separate attacks in the capital, pending a hearing.


The order was given once Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and the State Prosecutor's Office green-lighted the move.


The families have been given one week to appeal the decision. Should the Central Command reject the appeal, they would have a week to file another appeal with the High Court of Justice.


Dawiath home in east Jerusalem (Photo: Dudi Vaaknin)


Three people were killed and 40 others were wounded during the first bulldozer attack, which took place July 2 along Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem. An IDF soldier on leave and a police officer shot and killed the terrorist - 30-year-old Tzur Baher resident Hossam Dawiath.


Eighteen people were injured in a second bulldozer attack, carried out on July 22 on the corner of King David and Keren Hayesod streets. The terrorist was shot dead by an armed civilian.


The capital suffered a third attack on September 23, when an east Jerusalem resident rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) in Jerusalem's downtown area before being shot dead by an off-duty IDF officer.


Barak had previously ordered to raze the east Jerusalem home of the terrorists who killed eight people at the Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary on March 6. The terrorist's family appealed the decision and is currently awaiting the High Court's ruling on the mater.


Aviad Glickman contributed to the report


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